UK: QUEEN’S SPEECH AND BREXIT DEVELOPMENTS

The post below was first published on our Employment blog

The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 set out the government’s programme for the next two years and was inevitably dominated by Brexit-related legislation. The principal bill will be the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, subsequently published on 13 July 2017, which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and bring about Britain’s exit from the European Union. A series of factsheets has been published to accompany the Bill, including one setting out the Government’s previously announced position on protecting workers’ rights (see here).  Other measures included: Continue reading

WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE: NAVIGATING THE POST-BREXIT ENERGY MARKET

The status quo of the UK remaining in the EU’s internal energy market is highly unlikely. This report, in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group and Global Counsel analyses the implications for the UK and the EU27 to help business leaders understand and adapt to what comes next – being prepared for both the challenges and opportunities.

In this webinar the authors of the report explore:

  • The impact of the UK General Election on the Brexit energy negotiations
  • The key dynamics and drivers of the Brexit energy negotiation outcome;
  • The most significant Brexit risks and opportunities facing the UK energy market;
  • What role business can play in shaping the outcome of Brexit negotiations;
  • Possible longer term implications of Brexit for the UK and remaining EU energy sectors.

 

If you would like to view this webinar please contact Jane Webber.

PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES GOVERNMENT POSITION PAPER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The post below was first published on our PIL blog.

Prior to the next round of Brexit negotiations, on 13 July 2017 the Government published a position paper on the privileges and immunities enjoyed by the EU institutions, agencies and representatives in the UK in the context of Brexit.

The paper recognises that, even after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU scheduled for 2019, some EU institutions and agencies will remain in the UK. For some this will be temporary, while they wind down their activities. But the paper also acknowledges the expectation of a continued future EU presence in the UK, including for example in the form of an EU delegation.

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UK GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES POSTION PAPERS AHEAD OF JULY NEGOTIATION

Three papers have been released by the UK Government, outlining how the UK will negotiate on the following issues:

 

Ongoing Union judicial and administrative proceedings

Nuclear materials and safeguards issues

Privileges and immunities

 

The Government also released a technical note on implementing the withdrawal agreement. This note focuses on the legal implementation of the UK withdrawal agreement into UK law.

 

A post on the Privileges and immunities paper can be found here.

(GREAT) REPEAL BILL RELEASED

Today the UK Government released the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the Repeal Bill), along with an official press release.

Explanatory notes, general information about the bill, delegatory powers' memorandum, and a guidance note for businesses and organisations were also made available.

We made submissions to the UK Government in response to their White Paper on the Repeal Bill on 29 June 2017.

The principal purpose of the Repeal Bill is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which gives effect and priority to EU law in the UK – thereby formally reasserting the sovereignty and independence of domestic law from the EU. This bill will also give temporary power to Government ministers to change laws that will not operate functionally after Brexit.

Herbert Smith Freehills will release a discussion paper on the Repeal Bill in due course.

 

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THE NEW EIA REGULATIONS: WHAT HAS ACTUALLY CHANGED?

The post below was first published on our UK Real Estate Development blog

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 came into force on 16 May 2017, implementing the 2014 EU Directive. Similar regulations have also come into force under the infrastructure planning regime. Largely, the new regulations are a fairly extensive and, in places, trivial set of amendments. The question is, will they have a tangible impact on established EIA practice?

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IP NOTES BLOG LAUNCHES

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of its new Intellectual Property Notes blog, where you will find articles, commentary and updates on the latest IP developments, including the impact of Brexit.

As the UK negotiates the terms of its withdrawal and the nature of its future relationship with the European Union, IP Notes will provide expert analysis on the possible consequences for intellectual property rights. Click here to view IP Notes' Brexit-related posts.

As well as reporting on new developments going forward, IP Notes has been pre-populated with a selection of articles and posts. You can subscribe to the blog to receive notifications by e-mail as soon as items are posted, or you can visit the site whenever you choose.

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Strong currents: Navigating the Post-Brexit Energy Market

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 12.30 – 1.45pm BST

The status quo of the UK remaining in the EU's internal energy market is highly unlikely. This report, in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group and Global Counsel analyses the implications for the UK and the EU27 to help business leaders understand and adapt to what comes next – being prepared for both the challenges and opportunities.

Following the UK General Election, much uncertainty about the nature of the future UK-EU relationship remains. However, for the energy sector our collective analysis shows that, whilst legal changes to status are anticipated, there is scope for much continuity in practice. The challenge for the sector is to understand the role they may play in shaping the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. Ensuring that business retains a strong voice will be critical in ensuring that the outcomes are beneficial for both the EU and the UK.

Join us for this webinar at which the authors will explore:

  • The impact of the UK General Election on the Brexit energy negotiations
  • The key dynamics and drivers of the Brexit energy negotiation outcome;
  • The most significant Brexit risks and opportunities facing the UK energy market;
  • What role business can play in shaping the outcome of Brexit negotiations;
  • Possible longer term implications of Brexit for the UK and remaining EU energy sectors
  • Strong currents: Navigating the Post-Brexit Energy Market

Please contact Jane Webber if you would like to register for this event.